I'm a realist...and that makes me an optimist.
I maximize my practice; I am able to advocate how to MAXIMIZE in a given time period.
I've been in the trenches for over 10 years, started as a CNA, to LPN, to RN.
What we do is not for the weak or faint of heart; I enjoy what I do, and I have been able into it well without running away burnt out....
WHY, one may ask? Or...HOW???
I am real about our business...it's 24 hrs/7days/365...I MUST leave it because, at the end of the shift, I have done my best to maximize. I may stay over, but not often; I don't answer the phone, nor will I; my mistake and errors are not life threatening; I will fix them the next day or he next shift; whichever comes FIRST.
I leave my business of the bedside at the bedside. I meditate, I breathe, I go home and live my life as LadyFree.
One of the things I have is only expectations for ME, and NO ONE ELSE...it keeps me sane, and happy. I am ultimately responsible of ME as a nurse; not what is "expected" but what, why and HOW I DO.
Optimists may wait for things to be better; realists ask "what can be done?" "what can I do NOW?"
One foot in front of the other...
Be the change you seek in the world and in his business; make sure understand what you can do in your time period; then understand your system, then get involved, contribute and provide CHANGES....this evolution of a nurse practice does NOT occur overnight; it takes time; try not to be hard on yourself; be REALISTIC...with a plan.
Nursing has evolved...make sure your are looking at it realistically to help keep evolving our business.